Key Quotes and literary significance
“Alphas are so conditioned that they do not have to be infantile in their emotional behaviour. But that is all the more reason for their making a special effort to conform. It is their duty to be infantile, even against their inclination. “(Huxley 98) * Director is addressing Bernard, after he embarrasses himself by showing an emotional side of himself. * Goes against the idea of all the characters in the novel having one identity, it’s a large mistake made by a senior authority figure. * The idea of infantilism comes up in the following quote, not only here but through much of the novel. * Proof of this is “Alphas are so conditioned that they do not have to be infantile in their emotional behaviour.” (Huxley 98) Quote 2:
"Violent Passion Surrogate. Regularly once a month. We flood the whole system with adrenin. It's the complete physiological equivalent of fear and rage. All the tonic effects of murdering Desdemona and being murdered by Othello, without any of the inconveniences." (Huxley 240) * Addressed by to Mustapha Mond by the controller. Communicating to him the power of science, while relating it to Shakespeare. * The Controller expresses that science, even with all its power, must address the basic needs of the human nature. * The need for “Violent Passion Surrogate” (Huxley 240) every month is proof that the world they live in has severely altered the human experience. * In order to meet the needs of man, the controllers have added drugs and simulations. * So in theory the human body is being tricked that it is still fully human. Quote 3:
"Then why on earth didn't you say so?" she cried, and so intense was her exasperation that she drove her sharp nails into the skin of his wrist. "Instead of drivelling away about knots and vacuum cleaners and lions, and making me miserable for weeks and weeks." (Huxley 193) * Lenina is devastated after she finds out John had been keeping a secret from her for weeks . * This is one of the key moments in the novel that provides evidence for a minor theme in the novel, the sex-violence connection between characters. * Lenina passion for john is so strong; that when she finds out that he is keeping a secret from her she physically hurts him. “Then why on earth didn't you say so?" she cried, and so intense was her exasperation that she drove her sharp nails into the skin of his wrist.” (Huxley 193) proves this. Quote 4:
“Helmholtz rose from his pneumatic chair. "I should like a thoroughly bad climate," he answered. "I believe one would write better if the climate were bad. If there were a lot of wind and storms, for example…" (Huxley 229) * Helmholtz is addressing the controller after he describes the lovely tropical islands he wishes to stay on. * It is clear in this quote that Helmholtz has learned what the value of sacrifice is really about. Including the intentional suffering one may go through, in order to pursue our passions in life. * It is one of the first steps in his claim to write about a passion that he has come to understand. Not only this but since physically emotions are suppressed in the world they live in, he plans to use his writing as a way for him to experience suffering. * The imagery of whether and how it affects the plot is proven here, "I believe one would write better if the climate were bad. If there were a lot of wind and storms, for example…" (Huxley 229) Quote 5:
"What about self-denial, then? If you had a God, you'd have a reason for self-denial."
"But industrial civilization is only possible when there's no self-denial. Self-indulgence up to the very limits imposed by hygiene and economics. Otherwise the wheels stop turning." (Huxley 237) * John is addressing this quote to Lenina, when she questions the idea of religion and God. * The process of allowing suffering to one’s self and...
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